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Nuclear Technologies and National Security

Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies

Members of the Chemical & Fuel Cycle Technologies Division, as world experts on the nuclear fuel cycle, develop and qualify fuels and innovative fuel recycle processes and equipment, model complex nuclear materials, and design fuel cycle facilities.

The Chemical & Fuel Cycle Technologies (CFC) Division participates in key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear science and energy initiatives, including the development and demonstration of advanced nuclear fuels and fuel cycle technologies, as well as research on radioisotopes for medical applications.

The division has five primary focus areas, many of which leverage other sectors of Argonne’s expertise:

  • Fuel cycle research – Ranging from fuel development and qualification to chemical separations and fuel and waste management.
  • Nuclear chemical engineering – Spanning concept development to pilot-scale demonstration.
  • Pyroprocess development – Application of skills and facilities to study, develop, and engineer innovative yet commercially viable electrochemical processes for nuclear separations.
  • Process simulation and safeguards –  Application of integrated chemical engineering and separations chemistry to develop, model, design, and demonstrate processes and equipment for treatment of used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, and to advance nuclear nonproliferation. Application of chemical and engineering expertise to improve safeguards and nonproliferation of nuclear materials in complex facilities.
  • Radioisotope research & development – Experimental and theoretical work focused on development of novel methods for production of radioisotopes using particle accelerators, radiation chemistry and radiation induced damage in materials and equipment.

A female researcher holds a test tube in front of a workbench in Argonne's Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Our Facilities

The Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies division maintains advanced facilities that support peaceful nuclear energy from basic science research to industrial radioisotope production and analysis to developing methods for solving unique problems.

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